Soooooo I’m in the home stretch with Bound by the Heart and already thinking ahead to the next and last of the Out Of Print books in my repertoire. Probably the most popular one of the bunch, and, consequently the hardest to find, even in used book stores. One lovely (but slightly bonkers, I thought) fan wrote me a while back to say she had paid $162.00 for a copy. (thus the reason I thought she was slightly bonkers) It was the only one of my books she didn’t have and couldn’t find and so she finally bit the bullet and bought it from a collector. I must admit, I have seen pristine copies advertised for more…which completely boggles my mind, and flatters me no end…but pretty soon it will be available in Ebook format.
The Wind and the Sea was the first full-out seafaring swashbuckling adventure I wrote. I got my feet wet with Bound by the Heart–sea battles are, as you can imagine, one of the hardest things to map out and stage and then describe in terms that are visual enough to put the reader on the deck while the guns are firing. But I had Errol Flynn peering over my shoulder, watching, so the sails were run up, the guns were run out, and as a result, Romantic Times came up with a new catagory for their annual awards: Swashbuckler of the Year. That was my first major award, the first real recognition I received for the hours of loving labor that went into researching and writing it. Affaire de Coeur gave it an award and it was also given the nod as the best-selling romance in Canada for that year.
So why was it never reprinted, reissued?
Good question. I’ve asked editors that for the past two decades. Each time I got a new one, I asked. And each time I was told: pirate romances don’t sell. Ummmm…okay. Guess that’s why Across A Moonlit Sea is still selling enough copies they won’t give me the rights back. And I guess that’s why Publishers Weekly voted The Iron Rose as one of the six best mass market books of the year–not just romance books, but ALL mass market books.
It didn’t help that the original publisher went bankrupt and I never did see a cent for the book beyond the advance, which was $10,000 (a princely sum back then, considering it was only my third book). So I’m sort of hoping that after 20 years of languishing on a shelf collecting dust and sweet memories, The Wind and the Sea (or..erm..TWATS…as I fondly refer to it…gotta love that anagram) will be like the mythical phoenix and rise from the ashes to take flight.
I’ve already tinkered with the cover, and no, you don’t get to vote this time because I like what I’ve come up with.
Here’s the old cover (which I loved, by the way, and had to fight to have the girl in pants, sporting a short haircut) (Did I mention the original title they wanted to put on it was Sea Dreams? I said it sounded too much like Wet Dreams, but that’s another story for another ramble LOL):
And here is the phoenix rising version: